We did not exactly get off on the right foot with the Dodge Caliber. As the spiritual successor to the successful and profitable Dodge Neon, had to meet these expectations square door when he landed back in 2006. Unfortunately, the Caliber has never been found in the same room as the expectations. But it was during the dark days before the fall Chrysler has worked, and the company has recently made great strides in strengthening its product line.
Almost every vehicle in Dodge and Chrysler stable, and some pieces from the houses of Ram and Jeep went under the knife and get better, but the humble Caliber is largely escaped revision. In the face of new competition from cars like the redesigned Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra New Chevrolet Cruze and as soon as Ford Focus, the Caliber is awash in a sea of ??excellent opportunities. We have the wheel to find out if the compact Dodge has enough life to keep my head above water until a replacement arrives.
The good news is that there is room for four adults in the cabin. Front seat occupants enjoy up to 41.8 inches of legroom, which is served from 42 inches to the Honda Civic, 2012, although far behind the 43 inches available in the 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Meanwhile, with 39.8 inches front headroom, suggests the size of the Civic at 0.8 inches and the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, a centimeter. Things are a little ‘closer to the riders back. At 35.7 inches rear legroom, but the Civic is the caliber of the eclipse of the Elantra 2.6 inches by 0.3 inches and the Cruze. Unfortunately, out of the rear seats requires ducking Caliber roof rails.
In addition, the functional design of the gasoline engine with 18.4 cubic feet of cargo space on the seats. While beating the competition hand, the five-door 2012 Ford Focus sedan offers 23.4 cubic an impressive behind the second row. Delete the saved seats in both models and the Dodge is 47.4 cubic feet compared to 44.8 cubic feet in the Ford Unfortunately, owners have to take the back seat by pulling a rope to the bottom of the cushion near the head rest, forcing drive the vehicle on foot and lower back down.
Despite this, the Caliber quite competitive, despite its internal numbers that serve five long years in the segment. Sorry, no competitive advantage evaporates quickly in the vehicle is worth, if you take a look under the hood. 2011 Dodge Caliber is technically the two engines and two transmissions: a 2.0-or 2.4-liter four-cylinder and manual transmission, or CVT. Our tester came loaded with the less powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 158 hp at 6,400 rpm and 141 pound-feet of torque produced at 5,000 rpm. The performance data are quite high given the full range of speed that the engine is filled at 6,750 rpm, and as a result, buyers can expect more than 23 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. Combined, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average mpg of the estimates to a paltry 24 The CVT is the culprit here, as you improve your efficiency at 24 mpg city and 32 mpg highway if you opt for the manual transmission.
In contrast, the 2012 Honda Civic delivers 140 hp and 128 Nm of torque and consumes 28 mpg city and 36 highway mpg in its less efficient. If you count, is that nine-mpg advantage over the Caliber. It seems even worse when the Dodge sedan against the only rival, the Ford Focus five-door model is played. This machine is good for 160 hp and 146 Nm of torque, while together with 26 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.
To make matters worse, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder Caliber CVT is a miserable screwed. There are manufacturers who are able to design a program variable binding. Chrysler is not among them. The results of uncertain and fluctuating speed transmission and a cabin for more than a little ‘sounds like a Cessna in bad weather.
However, 158 horses is not to be despised, or at least should not be. Unfortunately, the Caliber carries heat around £ 3,012 worth weight – nearly 400 pounds more than the Civic, the Elantra and 100 300 more than the Focus. Consequently, the acceleration is weaker spritely. Check the shortcut to see what we mean.
While it takes to reach the highway a mile country swing, when the speed, the Caliber is acceptable comfort. The dense foam padding in front of the buckets are adjustable and supportive enough, even though the high seating position made us feel like we were riding on a milk crate. Rear passengers are treated adjustable rear – a nice touch in this segment. A lot of engine and road noise makes its way in the interior, but the wind noise is rather poor. With a ground clearance, which should be 7.67-inch ground clearance results, there are a lot of body roll is a hair grows wild and spearheads start. For comparison, the Jeep Liberty offers were only 7.8 cm above the ground in front. This machine is too high off the ground.
The brakes on the fire Caliber, leaving little to be desired, though. Mashed with 11.5-inch ventilated front discs and 10.3-inch disc brakes behind by a piston-caliper brakes, the car has no problems raising the speed, if we have a more solid pedal feel happy.
If you are still with us, you will notice that with the exception of the engine, the Caliber is a very competitive car. In fact you could even tolerate its Lego-block design, fuel economy and unacceptable when the vehicle was wearing a tag cheap enough. Our testers do not. With a suggested retail price of $ 21,105 with destination charge is $ 750, we would have taken less than a few four-stroke, can park in the driveway. At this price, the Caliber would be a much greater opportunity for competitors to trim the base.
If you had your heart set on shelling out about $ 21,000, you could easily claim to be a smart Hyundai Sonata equipped with an exercise price of $ 19,695, a Kia Optima at $ 19,200 or a Volkswagen Passat at $ 19,995. All these vehicles are not only bigger, more comfortable to ride and more elegant, but they are also cheaper.